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Elizabeth Brauer

Elizabeth Brauer completed the requirements for a Ph.D. degree in the Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology at Cornell University in August 2015. She conducted her Ph.D. research in Sorina Popescu’s lab at the Boyce Thompson Institute, with a focus on kinase signaling networks in immunity. Liz developed large-scale methods to identify protein-protein interactions, and used these interaction networks to identify kinases with a role in immunity. By comparing the immune function of multiple kinases, Liz discovered a new form of basal immunity which is dependent on the presence of pathogen effectors. Liz also identified a link between ion homeostasis and basal immunity through her work on the Integrin-linked kinase 1 in Arabidopsis. While at Cornell, Liz received several awards including the Postgraduate Scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Barbara McClintock Award. Liz is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Ottawa where she is conducting research on the role of wheat receptor kinases in producing resistance to the devastating fungal pathogen, Fusarium graminearum.